Hurricane Matthew was the worst humanitarian crisis in the country of Haiti since the devastating earthquake of 2010.
Thousands of families sustained severe damage to their homes and possessions, many being completely destroyed. The 140+ mph winds wreaked havoc upon local schools, medical clinics, and church facitlities. Hundreds lost their lives due to the flash flooding and structural collapses. "Tragedy" is an understatement for describing this catastrophe in such a poor nation.
Immediately following the storm, you along with many other IDES supporters generously donated, allowing IDES the opportunity to provide several different local mission partners in Haiti with over $100,000 in aid. We are blessed by the many stories now being reported by our mission partners on the ground regarding all of the good that your gifts are doing for those affected by the hurricane. Of course, we wanted to share the uplifting details with each of you in a two-part series of updates in place of our weekly Project Stories. Today (12/22/16) is Part 1, and next Thursday (12/29/16) will be Part 2.
It is clear that the nation of Haiti is incredibly resilient. After recovering from the 2010 earthquake, a disaster like Hurricane Matthew is the last thing the country needed. However, the families that you are serving through IDES make it very clear that there is no storm strong enough to destroy their hearts for rebuilding.
Whether providing emergency food, securing clean water, or rebuilding safe shelter -- everything we do is in the name of Jesus Christ. Following a major disaster like this, many who do not have the hope of the Gospel are much more open to receiving it after being physically helped by those in their community who are Jesus-followers.
Disaster response is not the ends, but rather the means. It is IDES' goal to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in every project we complete around the world, and we are extremely thankful for the opportunity to connect you with our local mission partners during their communities' times of need.
Please be sure to check here again next Thursday (12/29/16) for Part 2 of this update on the work being done in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew!